Christmas holidays! The long awaited one…My kids were waiting for the season so that they go around to different places. It was in May that we last travelled, so after months of work, school and hectic schedules, all of us needed a break. I take care to choose locations that are not very far, if the journey is too long, it might get tiresome for my kids. After taking suggestions for my family, we decided to travel to Patna, which is just a comfortable journey of 7 ½ hours.
It was 21 December, and winter was at its peak. We wore our woolens that would keep us warm all through the journey. Bags were packed and we were starting the journey from Darjeeling. We had to board the train, Brahmaputra Mail from Jalpaiguri Road railway station. It was 2 hours journey from our home in Darjeeling. My husband had already arranged for the vehicle that would drop us at the station. The train was scheduled to leave at 9:20 pm. So, to be on the safer side, we started our journey at 6 pm.
We reached the station at around 8:15 pm and began walking towards the entrance with our baggage. We walked towards the display board, which had the names of trains and the scheduled timings of departure and arrival. Our train was arriving at the right time. I had packed dinner for my family. We decided to have it before boarding the train. We found a quiet and peaceful place where we sat and had rotis and pickle.
As the train arrived people, started walking towards their respective coaches. We had 2-Tier AC tickets and there was hardly anyone boarding the coach. As we entered and settled down, we were given the beddings and blankets. It would take another 16 hours; I set my alarm and then off to sleep.
It was 7am, the next day when the alarm on my phone began to wake us all. We ordered for bread and omelet as breakfast in the train. We were to get off the train at 1 o’ clock. As I looked through the window, the day seemed bright sunny. Patna was going to be a treat for all of us!